Meet Our Staff

Heather Premo (Operations Director) –  I have been active in the field of childcare since 1995.  Throughout my years I have been able to experience and respect all the different positions in Early Childhood Education.  I attended San Jose State University on a softball scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  It was during this time that my love for children further blossomed.

This has been a dream of ours for many years.  We are very excited about our vision of Milestones becoming a reality.  As a director since January 2002, of two large franchised schools and Milestones; I have experienced all the ins and outs of what the standards in childcare should be.  We pride ourselves on creating a positive school atmosphere with a “home away from home” feel.  As a mother of two beautiful children I understand the importance of families having a nurturing environment for their little ones.  Throughout my years as a director, my admiration for the field of Early Childhood Education has continued to grow.  I look forward to the future of Milestones and seeing the growth and development of each individual child at our school.  We look forward to your family being a part of our family.

Cody Premo (Classroom Support Director) – I have dedicated my professional career to helping children and teenagers.  In 2005, I graduated from The University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  My experience comes from working in juvenile corrections, teaching Kindergarten and clinical case management.  Throughout the years I have worked with children from 2 to 18 years old.

I have four years of experience as a Kindergarten teacher, specializing in children diagnosed with behavioral disorders.  I then worked as a clinical case manager for two years for an agency that provided therapeutic outpatient services.   I believe the combination of experience between Heather and I will be the foundation of Milestones Learning Center.

Nikki Olsen (Education Director) –  I have been working in the childcare field since 1998.  In 2004, I graduated from the University of Nevada Reno, with a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies.

I am very excited to join the Milestones team as the Education Director.  I believe that every child has the right to learn through exploration and experience in a safe and nurturing environment.  I look forward to helping create a curriculum that will allow your children to grow and develop into the wonderful young people that they are destined to be.

Ms. Brenda (Lead Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I was born in Reno, Nevada.  I have always had a passion for teaching and being with kids. I am currently attending TMCC to get my Early Childhood Education and Business degree. My hope is that one day I will be a Kindergarten Teacher. I have 7 years experience of working with children. I have a wonderful son named Zack who always makes my day worthwhile.  On my spare time I like to draw and read but I most of all love spending time with my son.

Ms. Elaine (Asst Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – TBA

Ms. Mayra (Asst Teacher: “Buntings” 6 weeks to 6 months) – I was born in Guatemala but grew up in Las Angeles, CA. I love to travel and taking road trips. I have a large family and love spending time with all of them. I also love to watch old Disney movies. I have a 27 year old son and am really looking forward to being a grandmother . I have 12 years of experience in early childhood education working with children from newborns to teens. I have about 2 years of experience in a preschool setting and about 10 years in elementary schools. I love all the children at Milestones and think it is a fun place to work.

Ms. Becki (Lead Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I have worked with infants in a preschool setting for two years.  I am a mother of two wonderful daughters and an incredible son.  Spending time with my children and husband is very important to me.  Working in the field of Early Childhood Development, is very enjoyable and rewarding.  Each day I am able to see them change and grow into independent little ones.  I feel that providing a loving and nurturing environment, where a child feels safe is what really matters most.  I am very excited to be a part of the Milestones family.

Ms. Debra (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – I have worked in the early childhood field since 1995. During that time, I was a nanny, infant/toddler teacher, preschool teacher, bookkeeper, and assistant director in different centers in Reno and St. Paul, MN. I love working with children because they are expressive, honest, creative, and joyful. I enjoy learning as much as I can in this field through my experience and education classes. I look forward to the relationships that I will build through my time at Milestones.

Ms. Carissa (Assistant Teacher: “Goslings” 6 months to 12 months) – TBA

Ms. Morgan (Lead Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months) – I was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area. I graduated from The Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology in 2014. I am currently attending the University of Nevada Reno and am in my sophomore year. I am majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Agriculture and intend on teaching at the high school level. I have previous experience working in a child care facility and many years of babysitting. I have worked in a few different fields and realized that teaching and working with children are my passions.

Ms. Monique (Assistant Teacher: “Chickadees” 12 months to 18 months) –  I was born and raised in Reno, NV. I like sports, baking and art. I have a wonderful 3 year old little boy and am engaged to be married in October. I have previously worked in a preschool setting for about 3 years and babysat for about 8 years. I have worked with children as young as 6 weeks old to 7 years old. I am currently a Navy Reservist and have been in the Navy for 3 years.  I plan on being a Sheriff Deputy or an Elementary school teacher. I have always loved working with kids. It’s a new adventure every day.

Ms. Autumndae (Lead Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months)I grew up in Susanville, Ca until I was 18. I enjoy arts and crafts, reading, baking, dressing up and themed parties. I also like backpacking, listening to music, and watching movies with my family. One of my favorite things to do is taking my puppy on walks and teaching him tricks. I started working with kids when I was about 13 years old. I have led kids groups with my church, volunteered with AWANAS, and led vacation Bible school. I was also a Nanny for a 3 year old and 1 and a half year old for 2 years.  I plan on finishing college and traveling the United States. I love working with kids. I like to be goofy and silly so it is a perfect match.

Ms. Liz (Assistant Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months) –  TBA

Ms. Aly (Assistant Teacher: “Starlings” 18 months to 24 months)I was born and raised in Reno, NV. I love skiing, reading and running. I am currently attending UNR and majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Special Education. I would like to potentially teach elementary school or be a social worker. I worked for about 6 years in my mom’s preschool with children from age’s newborns to ten years old. I was a member of the UNR cheerleading team where we worked with children regularly. I also recently coached a youth cheerleading team and we won first place. I love kids and helping them grow and learn. I like working at Milestones because of the energy and every day is a new adventure.

Ms. Shanette (Lead Teacher: “Sparrows” 2 year olds) – I have worked in child care for 11 years as a Teacher, Infant Toddler Center Director, and Preschool Owner. I am currently working on a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have two children of my own; one boy and one girl.  Working with children is my passion. To see their smiling faces when they accomplish something new is enough to remind me why I love working in this field. I am so excited to be a part of the Milestones family. I look forward to getting to know new families and being their child’s teacher.

Ms. Denice (Assistant Teacher: “Sparrows” 2 year olds) – I grew up in Stockton, CA. I like to write, hike, read and eat. I have an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Delta College. I have also taken college classes in Early Childhood education. I have over 5 years of experience working with children from ages newborn to 14 years old. I have previously been a nanny, camp counselor and volunteer in a preschool setting.  My goal is to be a state certified teacher in Early Childhood Education. I like working at Milestones because I love the school philosophy and enjoy all the employees and children.

Ms. Makyla (Asst Teacher: “”Sparrows” 2 year olds) – I love to play softball, travel and spend time with family. I grew up in Portola, CA and moved to Reno my freshman year of high school. I graduated from McQueen High School and planning to start college this fall. I have experience working with ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age with most of my experience working with 6 weeks to two years. I am currently engaged to be married and my future plans are to be an elementary school teacher. I like working at Milestones because it has a fun staff, great kids and is a great school.

Ms. Tarynn (Lead Teacher: “Wrens” 3 year olds) – I grew up here in Reno NV and graduated from Reno High. I attended Arizona State University to study Anthropology before moving back to Reno in 2012. I was a nanny for a family for over 2 years and took care of their children aged 6 months to 3 years old. I have also worked many years as a private babysitter for children ages 6 months to 10 years old. I love spending time with family and friends, taking my dog out for hikes in the Reno-Tahoe area and traveling whenever I get the chance.  I hope to continue developing my teaching skills at Milestones while taking classes part time at the University.  I love being a part of the Milestones Family and being able to come into work every day, greeted by so many beautiful and friendly faces. The children have let me be a part of their world and always bring a smile to my face. They make the days fly by.

Ms. Betty (Assistant Teacher: “Wrens” 3 year olds) – TBA

Ms. Bree (Lead Teacher: “Owls” 4 year olds) – I am currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I have worked in the field for over ten years.  I enjoy working with children and seeing how they absorb new information. I love their innocence on how they view the world and the people around them.  I enjoy teaching the many different personalities of each individual child as well as building relationships their families.  Working with children makes me look forward to having a family of my own in the near future.  I look forward to working together as a team, to help your child prepare for Kindergarten.

Ms. Lacie (Lead Teacher: “Puffins” 4 year olds)- I began working with children as a Youth Counselor and became interested in teaching children, which led me into the Early Childhood Education field.  I worked as a Preschool Teacher while attending college at TMCC. Upon obtaining my AA in Psychology, I began working with children in the mental health field as a Psychosocial Rehabilitator, teaching children various skills including behavior management and effective communication.  However, I missed teaching in a classroom setting and wanted to rejoin a preschool family. I am currently completing my Bachelor’s at UNR in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.  I am so excited to be a part of the Milestones family. I love watching and helping children grow and learn. To me, there is nothing better than seeing the joy in children when they learn something new and the pride they have in themselves when they show how much they have learned.  I truly look forward to working with all of our children as they, play, learn, and discover with us!

Ms. Cheyanne (Assistant Teacher: “Puffins” 4 year olds)- TBA

Ms. Kaitlyn (Teacher Aide)TBA

Ms. Emily (Teacher Aide)TBA

Ms. Courtney (Teacher Aide)TBA

Ms. Makayla (Teacher Aide)TBA

Ms. Shae (Teacher Aide)TBA

Ms. Kristina F. (Teacher Aide) – I started volunteering with children at age 13. I have worked in Early Childhood Education in the preschool setting for the past 7 years and love it! I’ve mostly worked with Pre-Kinder age but have experience with all age groups. I am extremely blessed to have found my passion and get to pursue it every day. I love teaching and learning and I’m very excited to start my adventure here at Milestones.

 

*All employees at Milestones have been cleared through the Washoe County Sheriff Department and Washoe County Social Services, regarding a background check. Within 90 days, all employees receive training and certificates in: CPR/First Aide, Child Abuse & Neglect Recognition, SIDS, Communicable Disease, 3 hours of Child Development and a Child Nutrition Obesity course.  In addition to this teachers at Milestones must complete 24 hours of Early Childhood Education courses within our licensing year.